2018 has been a good year for the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum. The Museum was the recipient of two grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. The mission of the MCACA is broad, yet simple: To encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan. MCACA does this by increasing the visibility of arts and culture throughout the state, supporting arts education, encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art and broadening cultural understanding.
The first was a Capital Improvement Grant in the amount of $18,200. By working with the City of South Haven, the years of debris was removed from the basement, the foundation was shored up, and a sump pump was installed. By doing this, the Bailey Board of Trustees can now catalog its extensive book collection and make two rooms on the second floor of the Museum a research library. It is the plan of the Board that the Museum becomes a research site for those seeing information about Liberty Hyde Bailey his work and his legacy.
The second was an Operational Support Grant in the amount of $11,200. The purpose of these grants is Operational Support is to provide operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Because of this support, the Bailey Museum was able to host the first Bailey Conference. The day-long Conference brought internationally known entomologist Douglas Tallamay, author of Bringing Nature Home, and 13 other noted botanists, agronomists, artists, authors, and farmers to South Haven.
The Bailey Board thanks the MCACA for overseeing the distribution of these grants. Further, it thanks the people of the State of Michigan for making this possible through their taxes.
South Haven has plenty to see, do, taste, and visit, whether you’re visiting yet this season, or year-round!
Mark Harvey, State Archivist at the Michigan History Center, joined Stateside to discuss the life of pioneering botanist and horticulturist Liberty Hyde Bailey, how his “agrarian ideology” of advanced technology was received at the time, and how he’s remembered today.
80th Anniversary Of the Bailey Museum
6:30 pm Welcome: Anne Long, Board Chair
Opening new exhibit: “Growing Up Bailey”
Brittany Williams and April Bryan
7:00 pm Master of Ceremony: Mayor Scott Smith
Proclamations: Elected Officials
7:30 pm Garden Brick Dedication & Evening Stroll in Gardens with refreshments, Music by Hannah Remington
The Bailey Museum will be open for the season on May 9, 2018. The Bailey Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information please contact The Bailey Museum at email@example.com or by calling 269-637-3251.
Dates and Registration form for Bailey’ Budding Naturalists coming soon!
The Bailey Museum is kicking off spring with a celebration of Earth Day, Saturday, April 21 starting at 9:30 a.m.
- “Ask an Expert” with Nor Serocki, SWxSW Corner CISMA Coordinator, on hand to talk about invasive species. Bring a photo and description of your invasive plants for identification.
- “Buy it where you Burn it” information, including appearances by Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorn Beetle.
- 10:00 am – 11:30 am: Boy & Girl Scouts will be cleaning up backwoods to earn an Earth Day Badge
- 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: “Painting with Nature” project for kids with Wendi Onuki from Forever Curious Children’s Museum in Fennville. Free – please RSVP to The Bailey Museum
- 9:30 am: John Stempien, Director Emeritus of The Bailey Museum, will be discussing and showing sections from his video series “In Search of Liberty Hyde Bailey”.
- 11:00 am: Allan Overhiser, of Overhiser Orchards- talk about 150 yr. old family fruit farm
- 1:30 pm: AJ Brucks, Director of the VBCD, will be presenting “The Critical in Critical Dunes” – native vegetation, invasive species, dune importance, and some of the best kept secrets around!
Exchange with Friends: Gardening/landscape books and magazines, seeds, native plants, and bulbs! Bring some, take some!
The Bailey Museum has recently installed new signs and plant markers in our gardens. The new markers are possible with a grant from the Michigan Realtors and their Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Grant. The markers include information about select plants and trees and, for most, their Latin name. The markers are spread through the vegetable and flower beds.
Information includes the story of heirloom ‘Sugar Bon’ Peas, the ‘French Breakfast Radish’ and others. The captions discuss what plants make good bed fellows, plant origins and their taste. The markers were made by Lark Label, which made markers for the museum in the past.
Many thanks to Meryl Greene for contacting us with the grant lead, Anne Long for submitting the needed forms and Dr. Fenske for his research on the plants. Thanks to Kathy Pallas, of Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors for her help and patience in this process.
The Bailey Museum is planning a tour of the vineyards at Fenn Valley Winery on Thursday, September 15. The tour will be led by Fenn Valley Winery Farm Manager Todd Robbins, who will discuss the characteristics of different varieties of grapes and the wine produced from them. This special tour is designed around the grapes and the environment in which they grow. The tour will be relaxed and fun, participants will sample wine alongside the grapevines while Robbins explains the basics of wine making, grape growing and farm sustainability at Fenn Valley Winery. The tour will be conducted from the “Grape Train,” open covered wagons pulled by tractors that allow participants to take in vineyard vistas and get close to the vines.
After the vineyard tour participants will enjoy a light picnic of sandwiches with sides, dessert and a glass of Fenn Valley wine or hard cider.
The event will begin at 4:00 pm, Thursday, September 15. Wine sampling will be included throughout the tour so participants must be at least 21 years old. Fenn Valley Winery is located at 6130 122nd Ave. in Fennville.
Reservations are $25 per person and should be made in advance by calling The Bailey Museum with a credit or debit card by Saturday, September 10. People can also drop a check or cash off at the museum during regular hours. Space is limited so make your reservation soon! The Bailey Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 until 4.
Contact us at 269-637-3251 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or to make a reservation.
Book Talk to Celebrate Centennial Year of Local Author’s Masterpiece
Editor John Linstrom on Liberty Hyde Bailey’s The Holy Earth
On July 23 at 1:00, John Linstrom will lead a book talk and conversation about one of the most influential books by environmental author and “South Haven’s Favorite Son,” Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954), at Black River Books in South Haven (330 Kalamazoo St.). Linstrom edited the recent centennial edition of the book, which was released in November 2015 and features a new foreword by renowned agrarian author Wendell Berry.
Over the past year, Linstrom has participated in academic panels as well as informal book talks at venues in several states, ranging from Cornell University to South Haven’s own Bailey Museum, in order to mark this special anniversary year. Liberty Hyde Bailey was born in South Haven when it was still a tiny frontier village, and he grew up on what would become one of the region’s premier fruit farms of the nineteenth century. His experiences in the woods and fields in southwest Michigan would help shape the influential environmental vision that he articulated in The Holy Earth, and his curiosity and love for the farm and garden led him to the eventual position of “Father of Modern Horticulture” and founder of “New Agrarian” philosophy. A prolific author, Bailey wrote 65 books and edited 140 more over the course of his 96-year life.
In The Holy Earth, Bailey argues that the very earth should be understood as divine due to the fact that it is “beyond us,” surpassing in its intricate mysteries all human understanding and imagination. And if we accept the holiness of the earth, Bailey argues, we have a moral responsibility to be good stewards of that earth, which requires us to take “a new hold” in our lives. His application of Judeo-Christian ethical imperative to environmental discourse in the book ultimately influenced many key environmental thinkers of the past century, including the likes of Aldo Leopold, Wendell Berry, and Wes Jackson.
The event will begin at 1:00 with informal conversation. At 1:30, Linstrom will speak about the interesting detective work he did during the editorial process in the research archives of Cornell and Princeton, and he will also share some of Bailey’s fascinating life story and how it led Bailey to write such an important and unique work—a book that manages to be simultaneously expansive and compact, growing from tradition and challenging dogma, and still as challenging and relevant as it was 100 years ago. There will also be time afterward for questions and the opportunity to purchase copies of the book.
For further information on this or future events, please contact Black River Books at (269) 637-7374